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FPL 2023-24 – Gameweek 17 Defenders

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As the countdown to Gameweek 17 begins in earnest, we’re running the rule over a number of defenders who could wind up proving highly profitable Fantasy Premier League assets.

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On the back of three consecutive clean sheets, confidence is coursing through the Everton camp right now with them already moved back out of the bottom three despite being hit with a ten-point deduction. While Jarrad Branthwaite (£4.1m) is suspended for the Toffees’ Gameweek 17 trip to Burnley, fellow defenders James Tarkowski (£4.4m) and Vitalii Mykolenko (£4.6m) both offer significant FPL value. Tarkowski has racked up 20 fantasy points across the last three gameweeks, while left-back Mykolenko also boasts three attacking returns over the course of the season so far.

Another club in brilliant form defensively is Bournemouth, who have recorded clean sheets and victories across the last two gameweeks. One of their players though, centre-back Marcos Senesi (£4.4m) has added a rare attacking potency to his game, scoring in consecutive gameweeks and racking up 29 FPL points across the Cherries’ last two league fixtures, wins away at Crystal Palace and Man Utd respectively. Such numbers cannot be ignored ahead of Gameweek 17 with an enticing home fixture on paper against Luton.

Both Spurs full-backs gained an attacking return in Gameweek 16, Destiny Udogie (£4.8m) finding the net and Pedro Porro (£5.4m) picking up an assist in their 4-1 win over Newcastle. Their respective attacking prowess makes either a shrewd Gameweek 17 pick-up as Spurs travel to the City Ground to take on Nottingham Forest.

Having accumulated a whopping 44 FPL points across the last five gameweeks, Liverpool’s Trent Alexander-Arnold (£8.2m) justifies his premium price-tag ahead of the Reds’ Gameweek 17 showdown with bitter rivals Man Utd. The same fixture last season at Anfield saw Jurgen Klopp’s side destroy United by seven goals to nil.

Jon Fisher
Jon Fisher
Jon has over 20 years' experience in sports journalism having worked at the Press Association, Goal and Stats Perform, covering three World Cups, an Olympics and numerous other major sporting events.

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